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Herbie Newell holds a Master’s in Accounting from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He joined the Lifeline Children’s Services, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama in 2003 as the Executive Director/President. Lifeline was founded in 1981 and is a respected Southeastern agency in the areas of birthmother services, domestic adoption, foster care, inter-country adoption and orphan care. Mr. Newell served as the president of the Alabama Adoption Coalition from January 2004 until December 2008. He was chosen as a Hague Intercountry Adoption evaluator and team leader by COA in 2006 and serves in that capacity currently. In 2007, Mr. Newell founded the National Christian Adoption Fellowship for which he served as Chairman of the Board from 2008-2010. Mr. Newell worked with WAKM Companies, LLC, a prominent accounting firm for many years as an independent auditor before being led to Lifeline. He has been recognized as Who’s Who of American Administrators in 2006 and Who’s Who of Executive Leaders in 2005 and 2007. Under Mr. Newell’s leadership Lifeline has helped Lifeline attain membership in the ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), and has expanded the vision of the agency to include foster care and orphan care. Mr. Newell has been invited to speak regionally for many events concerning adoption and the churches response to orphan care and is a regular speaker for the National Council for Adoption, Together for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, and Care-Net. He also is the Co-chairman of the NCFA International Committee.
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Early childhood education and pre-K programs embrace the crucial stages of brain development in children that when ignored, put children at risk for entering the public school system with an avoidable early learning deficit that will hamper their ability to learn and succeed in school and in life. Almost 90 percent of brain development occurs before a child is old enough to enter kindergarten, but many families cannot afford quality early education programs.
All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level. In order to even out the playing field for all children in Middle Tennessee, support for local nonprofit childcare centers and afterschool programs is as vital as ever. By providing educational opportunities and enriching activities for these youths, after-school programs and centers can offer alternatives to potentially less productive and sometimes harmful activities in which youth may be tempted to participate when left to their own supervision.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system. Students may not realize their classmate is not going home to his or her own parents, but to a group home or foster care placement. No sign on this child would alert anyone that he or she has likely suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
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